June 2012 – Newsletter
Fly of the Month: Soft Hackle Bead Thorax Pheasant Tail
Here is one of my favorite flies for the summer months. It performs especially well on the Lamoille and the Upper Connecticut. I’ll use it as a dropper in a tandem rig or as a dead drifting nymph under a yarn indicator or float. After the dead drift, always allow this fly to swing across and up in the current to directly downstream of you. In this method it may appear to be an emerger and thus gets hit just below the surface.
Hook: Mustad 3906B, Tiemco 3761; size: 14-18
Thread: Brown Uni 8/0
Bead: Copper, Regular or Tungsten
Tail: Fibers Center Pheasant Tail
Body: Fibers Center Pheasant Tail
Rib: Copper Wire
Summer is finally here! Kids are finishing up with the school year and the family vacations are starting, and if you are coming to Vermont for your vacation you better leave a day open for fishing! Starting in June our family fishing programs are up and running, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on these great family fishing adventures. We provide all programs with a guide and any necessary fishing gear, all you need to bring is weather appropriate clothing, snacks, water, or anything else you might need for a day outdoors. Pre-registration is required for all programs so call The Fly Rod Shop and book your trip today!
Starting June 10th we will be running our “Family Gone Fishing” program Monday-Saturday so there is plenty of availability to work around your schedule. This program provides a half-day instructional spin fishing tour for $40.00 per person at one of our secret fishing holes. On the river you will be targeting warm-water fish such as Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Pumpkinseeds, Brown Bullheads and others! We meet here at The Fly Rod Shop and you can join us in our transportation van or follow behind in your own vehicle to our fishing spot. It is about a 5 minute walk along the riverbank from the parking area so you will also get the chance to possibly see some wildlife along the way!
If you are interested in one of our more scenic programs then check out our Kayak Fishing Tours starting on June 25th on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. This 3 hour program is done in cooperation with Umiak Outfitters who provide the kayaks for these trips. Join us for a float down one of our local rivers to see some great scenery and also to chase after Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout! This trip is $129.00 per person; a guide and spin fishing gear is all provided. There must be a minimum of 4 people total for this trip to go out and participants must be 14 years of age or older.
Parents, if your kids are showing an interest in fishing but you aren’t sure what to teach them, bring them by The Fly Rod Shop for one of our Junior Fishing Programs. This programs runs every Thursday starting June 21st from 9:00am-12:00pm. This class focuses on teaching the fundamentals of “Having Fun Fishing”. We will teach them the basics of spin fishing such as knot tying, fish identification, parts of the rod & hook, the types of bait & lures, and how to cast! At the end of the class the kids can put their new skills to the test as they are brought out to the stocked pond here at The Fly Rod Shop to try and catch a Rainbow or Brook Trout!
June Fly Fishing & Tactics
Without a doubt June is one of the best times for fly fishing in Vermont. As a norm, river flows and temperatures are optimum, and hatches are more prolific. By the end of this May, dry fly action in the evening picked up in a big way on the Lamoille and to a lesser extent on the Winooski. Caddis flies, yellow sallies and March Brown spinners filled out the late day menu. So now with June well under way, we should be seeing Sulphur fly action, various Caddis species, some March Brown/Gray Foxes and Light Cahills, etc. Also with the ushering in of warmer weather, terrestrials will become an important food source for trout. Anglers often ignore these morsels, which is unfortunate because drifting an ant pattern along grassy banks can pay off big time.
Come this time of the year when I hit the medium size rivers or moderate stretches of the larger ones, I’ll often rig a tandem rig comprised of a dry fly and nymph. Since I’m getting up there in years and my eyesight is not what it use to be, the dry fly/indicator is usually a Wulff style pattern, Stimulator or Hopper with red or yellow wings or with added hi-vis material. Sizes 14 to 8. Below the indicator fly, I like to use pheasant tails, zebra midges, prince nymph or the thorax bead pheasant tail (see below) for the dropper placed about 12 to 18 inches below the dry. Sizes 20 to 14. Generally I fish the rig with a directly upstream presentation or angled to the quarter upstream and drift in a classical dry fly method. I’d say the nymph gets hit more often than not, except when I’m drifting along banks and under trees, where the dry appears to be the morsel of choice. Now if any of you are interested in learning about tandem rigs of all stripes, you can increase your skills and knowledge at one of our special seminars or with an on-river instructional half day trip specific to using tandem set-ups. Hope to see you on the water.
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